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IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has said the analysis of the Dairy Forum earlier this week matched views expressed recently by industry leaders on 2017 milk prices, which are expected to average out at between 30 and 33c/l for basic constituents, with scope for farmers to receive more for higher constituents.

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Speaking following yesterday’s first Dairy Forum chaired by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said that, while the initiative to provide farmers with stakeholder assistance and training in planning short and medium term cash flow projections is very worthwhile, it is crucial that the Minister would deliver actual low- cost cash flow funding using the recent EU state aid concession, as proposed by IFA.

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At a time when bad weather, late turnout and increased feed bills, compounded by low milk prices are stressing farm cash flow and farmer confidence, IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary welcomed today’s meeting of the Dairy Forum Sub Group, convened to find practical ways of supporting farmers.

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IFA National Chairman Jer Bergin has said he will lead the IFA dairy delegation, with National Dairy Chair Sean O’Leary, when the Dairy Forum meets for only the second time next week on 9th March. The Forum has been recalled by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney in response to IFA’s request.

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